BABYLON BY BUS: Bob Marley & The Wailers Live and Up Close is a unique photo-book about the concerts of the Jamaican king of reggae Bob Marley in the Netherlands in the 1970s. Experience the concerts as if you were there, relive the golden years of reggae, and witness how Marley and The Wailers started their international adventures on mainland Europe. With black-and-white and full-colour photos by internationally renowned rock photographer Gijsbert Hanekroot and others, and texts by researcher and writer Martijn Huisman.
BABYLON BY BUS details the visits Marley made to the Netherlands and brings the stories to life with the wonderful photos made by Hanekroot in 1976 and 1977.
In the spring of 1976, Bob Marley & The Wailers took the reggae revolution to the European mainland. They played a concert in Amsterdam and were welcomed enthusiastically by fans and press alike. Sell-out concerts followed in the years 1977 to 1980 in The Hague, Rotterdam (twice) and Geleen.
Marley and The Wailers toured intensively across the globe until the end of 1980, promoting their music and preaching their message of revolution, liberation and Rastafari. Marley’s physical journey ended on 11 May 1981 in Miami, Florida, when he had to give up on his fight against cancer. But Bob Marley has never really left us. His charisma and music remain as popular as ever and in the Netherlands he is still a legend, deemed the undisputed king of reggae music.
The book takes fans back to the 1970s to experience the concerts as if they were there, relive the golden years of reggae, and witness how Bob Marley and The Wailers started their international adventures on mainland Europe. The black-and-white and full colour photos by Hanekroot capture Marley at his very best, both live on stage as well as off stage. The text was written by Martijn Huisman, researcher and writer, who interviewed people directly involved and carried out extensive archive research. BABYLON BY BUS is an essential treasure for Marley and reggae enthusiasts.
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